There's a new rule boaters need to know before they hit the waters this holiday weekend.
As of July 1st, anyone born after January 1, 1998 is required to take a boater education course to operate a vessel on public waters in Georgia.
The Department of Natural Resources say the courses are needed.
"There is no substitute for experience. That's something that comes with time. But we can at least give them that foundation to establish a core for knowing how to navigate and operate their vessel," said Eric White, DNR Conservation ranger.
After finishing the course, boaters will receive a completion certificate that they must carry with them on the boat at all times.